As part of a ‘year in review’ represented by data collected by the publication’s journalists, The Guardian recently released a short video detailing statistics around drug use in the U.K. and the U.S. Although the video doesn’t mention anything about addiction treatment, it certainly sets a focus for substance abuse rehab in the coming new year. It’s an excellent idea to begin reform with facts, no matter how difficult they may be to stomach, so that any new resolutions for addiction treatment address users—like those represented in The Guardian’s roundup—who might benefit from them the most.
The results of the survey, which was completed by 15,500 people (most of them from the U.K. and the U.S.), represent a small portion of the substance abusing demographic. But despite how limited the pool may be, the findings are at both times, startling and unsurprising.